Kisumu

Abindu Caves

Abindu means a series of small caves in one place according to the local Luo language. From the top of the caves, you would also be able to catch a glimpse of Kisumu city downwards.

abindu caves

A first time visit to the location reveals a unique ecological mystery also often associated with a spiritual journey, as you’d bump into various adherents of the local religions using this caves for pilgrimage. Abindu, thus, has become home to them.

The hill was inhabited by the Kipsigis community decades back as far back as 500 years.

The name ABINDU is derived from the KIBINDO Sub-clan within the Kipsigis community now living in Kericho.  It is said that Luo drove away the Kipsigis from their settlement area which was Abindu. Abindu was a sacred place where rituals and cultural activities were undertaken.

During long spell of droughts, the elderly people would converge at Abindu and perform rituals by slaughtering animals in form for sacrifices. They would also pray for the gods of Abindu through Mama Abindu to have a bumper harvest or good crop yield. They would also converge here during times of war (inter-tribal) to strategize and be blessed with spiritual support. It was feared that whoever would set eye on mama Abindu would not lead any better life and would die abnormally or would get insane instantly.

To Do

Abindu is a fascinating tourist attraction site in Kisumu County and offers visitors with numerous activities to participate in:

  • It has a spiritual significance as people use the caves in the rocks for prayers and pilgrimage
  • Its rocky terrain offers thrill seekers a chance for adventure in hiking and camping
  • One can experience the culture and heritage of the Kwamumbi people who live around the rock
  • From vantage points on top of the rock one can experience some breathtaking views of Kisumu City and Lake Victoria.

Access

Abindu Hills is situated North-West of Kisumu about 12 kms from the city. It is accessible from Kisumu – Busia Road off Daraja Mbili junction to Kiboswa Road (Road C86). It can also be accessed through the Kisumu – Kakamega Road off Kiboswa – Daraja Mbili road.

Ulalo terminus remains the disembarking place for access of the cave through the Ulalo-Wachara road.